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Elite League snub for Leicester at AGM

SWINDON will not ride against Leicester in the Elite League next season after the Lions had their application to join the British top-flight rejected.

The decision was made at the BSPA’s AGM over the weekend with various parties feeling that in the current economic climate, numbers in the Elite and Premier League should be protected.

However, Leicester have been invited to apply again for the 2014 season.

Meanwhile, the Knockout Cup has been shelved for 2013 after controversy dogged this year’s competition.

Swindon were eliminated after Peterborough’s name was drawn out of a hat in a move many felt devalued the format.

The poor weather throughout the year meant that many cup fixtures were not completed until the end of the season.

BSPA chairman Alex Harkess said: “It is fair to say that the 2012 KO Cup was so adversely affected by the weather and league fixture changes that it lost momentum.

“With ever-increasing overseas rider commitments, re-staging opportunities were few as a consequence of those difficulties, and with some clubs unable to participate, the Elite League members chose to rest this competition for the time being.”

Other key decisions made at the AGM saw the points limit set to the expected mark of 42.50, while there will be a maximum of three doubling-up positions per team, with one rider named in each position.

The BSPA have also supported an initiative to stage a five-match Team GB v Australia Test Series on Premier League tracks.

The 2012 Elite League track of the year award was jointly won by King’s Lynn and Wolverhampton.

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9:36am Mon 19 Nov 12

oldlegtrailer says...

All this is down to the lunatics now running the asylum. British Elite league speedway is now being run by the likes of Holder and Ward who prefer to spend the bulk of their riding time elsewhere and have deserted their roots. The UK Elite league supporter looks like being limited to 14 home meetings plus the odd challenge match per season. To me this is quite boring and not enough so perhaps my money will be invested elsewhere next year.
All this is down to the lunatics now running the asylum. British Elite league speedway is now being run by the likes of Holder and Ward who prefer to spend the bulk of their riding time elsewhere and have deserted their roots. The UK Elite league supporter looks like being limited to 14 home meetings plus the odd challenge match per season. To me this is quite boring and not enough so perhaps my money will be invested elsewhere next year. oldlegtrailer
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1:28pm Mon 19 Nov 12

StillPav says...

Belle Vue should have been kicked out of the EL and Leicester given their place.

At least Leicester would turn up to their away meetings with more than two riders.

As for the rest, nothing to reward existing fans, nothing to encourage back stay-away fans and nothing to attract new fans.
Belle Vue should have been kicked out of the EL and Leicester given their place. At least Leicester would turn up to their away meetings with more than two riders. As for the rest, nothing to reward existing fans, nothing to encourage back stay-away fans and nothing to attract new fans. StillPav
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2:54pm Mon 19 Nov 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Well said StillPav we can now call ourselves part time speedway supported and have to find something else to do for the other 3/4 of the year
Well said StillPav we can now call ourselves part time speedway supported and have to find something else to do for the other 3/4 of the year oldlegtrailer
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7:36pm Mon 19 Nov 12

mikek says...

Well that really does suck, Leicester should have been welcomed with open arms and 11 elite league teams would have been rather decent but yet again the powers that be have fouled up yet again. 14 home matches is hardly worth being a fan any more and I bet the prices will go up to compensate. How come Birmingham and Kings Lynn had no problem moving up yet Leicester have been refused, complete farce. Speedway needs a big revamp and should be run on just one night Mondays, which would attract more top riders and that is a fact. Meanwhile lets just bury our heads in the shale and leave things be.
Well that really does suck, Leicester should have been welcomed with open arms and 11 elite league teams would have been rather decent but yet again the powers that be have fouled up yet again. 14 home matches is hardly worth being a fan any more and I bet the prices will go up to compensate. How come Birmingham and Kings Lynn had no problem moving up yet Leicester have been refused, complete farce. Speedway needs a big revamp and should be run on just one night Mondays, which would attract more top riders and that is a fact. Meanwhile lets just bury our heads in the shale and leave things be. mikek
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12:14pm Tue 20 Nov 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Good comments MikeK. All this is being brought about by certain riders holding the authorities to ransom because they can earn more elsewhere and want to cream off extra cash from UK but with less effort. Never heard Leigh moaning about it and he scored more points and rode more races than any one. Funny the moans seem to come from GP riders more than anyone else. I say go to Poland, Sweden and Denmark its your decision but remember you are not bigger than the sport and if you pee off the supporters the clubs will die even more. Remember also your roots. Personally with this number of meetings I might just not bother. I was disenchanted after winning the title, with the massive anti climax that followed. This as well may be it - might be worth just watching it on telly not from terraces and save me money
Good comments MikeK. All this is being brought about by certain riders holding the authorities to ransom because they can earn more elsewhere and want to cream off extra cash from UK but with less effort. Never heard Leigh moaning about it and he scored more points and rode more races than any one. Funny the moans seem to come from GP riders more than anyone else. I say go to Poland, Sweden and Denmark its your decision but remember you are not bigger than the sport and if you pee off the supporters the clubs will die even more. Remember also your roots. Personally with this number of meetings I might just not bother. I was disenchanted after winning the title, with the massive anti climax that followed. This as well may be it - might be worth just watching it on telly not from terraces and save me money oldlegtrailer
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7:22pm Tue 20 Nov 12

GalaxyMan says...

Remember when we had 30 matches plus a season and rarely saw another team more than once a year? Seems a lifetime, and an altogether different sport, ago.
I wonder how the sports various landlords will react to the news that their Stadia will be standing empty not earning any income? Not well i'll venture.
Remember when we had 30 matches plus a season and rarely saw another team more than once a year? Seems a lifetime, and an altogether different sport, ago. I wonder how the sports various landlords will react to the news that their Stadia will be standing empty not earning any income? Not well i'll venture. GalaxyMan
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9:55am Wed 21 Nov 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Another good comment but at swindon the greyhound lot hate the speedway so they will probably be estatic
Another good comment but at swindon the greyhound lot hate the speedway so they will probably be estatic oldlegtrailer
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